Today’s podcast is up! Gary’s saga with the FN SLP comes to a relatively happy ending. The Truth About Guns did a simulation of the Charlie Hebdo attack. Jeff got to fondle/shoot the double barrel, Arsenal Firearms AF2011-A1. And of course, there’s all the controversy to be discussed between the Sig Brace opinion from the BATFE and the Open Carry Tarrant County “protests” that have lead to the Texas House approving panic buttons after being made nervous by the actions of one Kory Watkins. http://gunsovertexasradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/GOTR20150118.mp3
We were fortunate enough to get two sides of this issue out there for debate with Terry Holcomb, CJ Grisham, and Charles Cotton. To their credit, the leaders of the Open Carry movement recognized that dragging private businesses into this issue has been counter productive. And Mr. Cotton made us aware that the TSRA and NRA have been making strides but, it’s not necessarily at a pace that keeps everyone happy. Still, I cannot help but think Target’s announcement yesterday is a predictable result of negative attention brought to them through earlier protests even if no one from Texas Carry, OCT, CATI, has officially gone into a Target store in months the damage was done and the media campaign started. Public opinion does matter folks. It matters a great deal. While this issue continues to be a point of division in the firearms community, we really, really need to find a way past it.
As you’ve likely seen in the media, there has been a debate about whether guests in communities that permit “open carry” should be allowed to bring firearms into Target stores. Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.
Dahlia Lithwick is all but rooting for the Open Carry movement to result in such blowback that it results in “sane policies.” She’s a Canadian by birth and, like so many in the media, she’s not exactly supportive of the 2nd Amendment. The fact the Supreme Court recognized an individual right to keep and bear arms is clearly a bit of a sore spot.
In her latest submission to Slate.com, she laments the familiar cycle of, “…feints toward meaningful reform followed by crushing defeats as memories fade,” that follow every new shooting. There’s no attempt to be even remotely objective here but, she’s a writer, not a journalist. She need not hide her bias or opinion. And to that end, she thinks the free market will force businesses to pick, “…sane policies over dangerous ones, or at least more customers over fewer.”
“…Chipotle, forced to take sides, issued a statement last week indicating that state law notwithstanding, open carriers should leave their weapons at home or not come to Chipotle.